Outlandishly wealthy Grandmother VanDemere has decided to leave her vast fortune to the family member who proves him or herself worthiest-by solving puzzles and riddles on a whirlwind race around the globe, from the mines of Venezuela to the castles of Scotland. There will be eight competitors, three continents . . . and a prize worth millions.
Seventeen-year-old Avery is the black sheep of the VanDemere clan, the ostracized illegitimate daughter. Finally, she has a chance to prove herself . . . and to discover the truth about her long-lost mother.
Marshall might be Avery’s uncle, but there’s no love lost between the two of them. He’s her main competition, and he’ll do anything to win-including betray his own children.
Riley is the handsome son of Grandmother VanDemere’s lawyer. As the game progresses, Avery falls hard for Riley. Suddenly, losing the game might mean losing him, too.
As the competition takes treacherous turns, it becomes clear there can only be one victor. Who can Avery truly trust? And is winning worth her life?
Description taken from Goodreads. I received an advance copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own.
Literally a girl version of 39 CLUES, except this is a stand-alone and I failed to mention there that there actually is a girl in 39 CLUES. For tween girls, I would recommend this book. For tween boys and younger, I would recommend the 39 CLUES.
There’s lots of action themes in INHERIT MIDNIGHT as well, with more romance and a few more details here and there. There’s many descriptions of traveling, and the pace doesn’t go quite as fast as the 39 CLUES. I loved the amount of character growth and supporting characters in this story, even though I thought that some of the supporting characters were unnecessary or things here and there could’ve been left out to make the story go a little faster. There were parts I didn’t love, especially the moments where the main plot was deviated from little by little but then eventually come back to.
Overall, this was a great story. I really enjoyed reading it, and it was a nice way to discover a book that might appeal to slightly older girls who are looking for a good mystery with nice lessons and some action/adventure. I also really like the cover. :D 4 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 400